Melanie Lim

Melanie Lim

A Certified Public Accountant with master’s degrees in Business Management and English Language Teaching, Melanie T. Lim was born and raised in Cebu. While proudly homegrown, she concedes her time in the United States as well as the People’s Republic of China has shaped her internationalist views. Her multicultural orientation stems from her love of travel which has brought her to 47 countries. In 2000, she was awarded the Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Award (CAMMA) for Best Column. Writing is one of her passions, the other three being traveling, designing and doing housework. She is a certified workaholic who continues to work at seriously learning “how to chill.”


Backrider ban

OF LATE, the motorcycle has gained notoriety as a form of transport for criminals in the country. Whether the crime is a simple snatching of a poor pedestrian’s purse or a gruesome murder of some political figure, the once nondescript transport of the masses has now metamorphosed into the dreaded getaway vehicle of criminals.

And much to the dismay of motorcycle owners who have invested hard-earned money into buying the cheapest form of transportation in the country, their prized asset is now a much-vilified vehicle being targeted by mind-blowing legislation.

Save the child

REPUBLIC Act 9344, otherwise known as the Juvenile Justice & Welfare Act (amended by RA 10630), exempts a child, 15 years of age and below from criminal liability. A child above 15 but below 18 years of age is also exempt from criminal liability unless he or she acts in discernment in the commission of a crime.

Growing up

I FIND that as I grow older, life gets simpler. You know what you want. So you go for it. You know what you don’t want. So you drop it.

Certainly, life doesn’t get easier. But with age, you get a better grip of your priorities in life—the battles you want to fight, the causes you want to support, the people who truly matter in your life.

Don’t proselytize

ONCE more, Pope Francis takes the world by storm. His controversial statements about religious proselytism have offended, if not angered some conservative Catholics. Liberal thinkers like me, however, who were raised Catholic but then grew up confused about what the Catholic Church was continuously preaching—rejoice.

We rejoice in the clarity of Pope Francis’ words. We rejoice in the pope’s affirmation of what we bear witness in our lives. More than anything else, we rejoice in a pope that finally understands what authentic religion is about.

Fly safe

FLYING has never seemed more dangerous than today.

On March 8 of this year, Malaysian Airlines MH 370 carrying 239 people onboard vanished from the face of the Earth en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. It is remarkably odd how a Boeing 777, the world’s largest twin jet, can fall off the grid without a trace when in this day and age, cookies can track our browsing histories and stalk our passions and proclivities online.

A way out

IS THERE a way out of inter-generational poverty? Yes, there is. But the way out is not paved with indolence, irresponsibility and inaction.

There is a Chinese saying that wealth cannot be sustained beyond three generations. Why? Because while the first generation earns the money and the second generation grows the money, the third generation spends it all.

Wealth & poverty

POVERTY is pervasive in our country. But while I agree that a vast portion of financial wealth in the country is in the hands of a few, I think it would be unjust to say that this privileged minority did not work hard to get to their positions of financial stability.

While some of the moneyed members of the country may have inherited their wealth and a few of them can actually call themselves members of the “non-working rich,” many of the privileged few in our country can actually call themselves, “the working rich.” They also work hard 24/7.

Skills, 2

SKILLS stands for School of Knowledge for Industrial Labor, Leadership and Service. A tour of its campus along General Maxilom Ave. with chief operating officer Paulette D. Liu and executive director Ludy Marie B. Lawas revealed first-rate facilities.

In particular, the facility for the Canadian Welding Bureau Training designed by the Canadian Welding Bureau was impressive. But beyond looks, it was the heart and soul of SKILLS that I fell for.


SKILLS stand for School of Knowledge for Industrial Labor, Leadership and Service. It was probably fate that one rare, lazy afternoon in the mall, I would bump into Paulette D. Liu, a schoolmate from Hijas and now, Chief Operating Officer of Primary Structures Educational Foundation Inc. (PSEFI), the foundation that runs SKILLS.

K to 12

WHILE many Filipinos are lukewarm to the K to 12 curriculum which effectively adds two more years to basic education in the country, I have long batted for this system.

I’ve always felt that when kids in our country enter college at 16 or 17, they lack the emotional maturity to make wise college choices so that more often than not, it’s the parents who undertake the decision-making.

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